GSA announced that "Referring to newly-released data provided by Ovum Ltd, GSA calculated that LTE subscription net additions outpaced 3G/WCDMA-HSPA by 21% during the last 6 months of 2014, with LTE leading in both Q3 and Q4 .. There were 497 million LTE subscriptions worldwide by 31 December 2014. A total of 290 million LTE subscriptions were gained in the year, equivalent to 140% annual growth.
Alan Hadden [pictured], Vice President of Research, GSA said: "LTE subscriptions grew by 115 million in Q4, over 36% higher than 3G/WCDMA-HSPA connections. GSM subscriptions fell by 78.5 million in the same period. We are confident that LTE growth will continue to lead all other mobile systems."
GSA forecasts there will be at least 450 commercially launched LTE networks globally by end 2015, up from 364 that had entered service by the end of last year [here], with deployment of LTE-Advanced technologies as a major industry trend [here] regions. Further details will be provided in the next Evolution to LTE report to be published by GSA this month.
See "LTE reached 497 million subs by December 2014; growth outpaced 3G in 2H says GSA" - here.